Rick Ross

Teflon Don

BY Neil AcharyaPublished Jul 20, 2010

At face value, it may not seem to be, but Rick Ross has been one of the hardest working artists in the business of making rap music over the past half-decade. After releasing the critically and commercially successful Deeper than Rap in 2009, the Boss is back with Teflon Don, his fourth studio album in four years. Ross has always been at his best right out of the gate, and this time around it's no different. "I'm not a Star" is Ross at his finest, full of confidence and hungry, flowing methodically over a cryptic, synth-laden beat provided by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. LEAGUE. The production team consists of some of the usual suspects that laid the foundation for Deeper than Rap, such as the Inkredibles, as well as some new collaborators, such as Lex Luger and No I.D., who teams up with Kanye West on the impressive, spaghetti western-influenced concoction "Live Fast, Die Young." There are many similarities between Teflon Don and its predecessor, Deeper than Rap. Ross has found a formula without necessarily coming across as formulaic. He has made just enough of an adjustment without ruining the broth, managing to keep the whole package relatively fresh.
(Def Jam/Universal)

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